Daniele Bolelli Tackles Religion on The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs

Daniele Bolelli50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know: Religion | The DisinfoCast with Matt Staggs: Episode 06

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Mixed martial artist, professor of religion and international raconteur Daniele Bolelli joins me for The DisinfoCast. Daniele is the author of Disinformation’s recent 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know: Religion, a slim tome chock full of fun (and true!) stories that include a mass murderin’ Moses, the Zombie Pope and much more.

Daniele schools me on Zen, tells me which religious figure he’d most like to fight MMA-style, and ponders whether there’s a such thing as an “enlightened asshole.” Get a blasphemous beatdown in in this episode of The DisinfoCast.

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  • Zone

    UG KRISHNAMURTI.

    • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

      UG Krishnamurti is a very interesting character.

      Enlightened Asshole is not too strong a term for him.

  • Vincent Vega

    Daniele: you are very hard to understand in the English language. Even harder when you transmit via cell phone.

    The accent is great if you’re trying to impress women.  Most of your followers are not.  Get a speech therapist so the rest of the world that speak English understand you.  
    Are you just arrogant?

    Jeezzuss, you have already fuck off too much of my time.  Speak English, not your fucked up twat twisted shit.      it is not impressing anyone but you. 

    • Jin The Ninja

      when one resorts to jejeune criticisms like accent, it means one has nary an argument. especially considering your above post is fraught with errors and sophomoric expletives and misogynist references to gentalia, i would reconsider your position in regards to chastising someone else’s manner of speech.

      • JaceD

        Well said Jin, I saw his comment earlier on and was halfway through a reply when I decided I couldn’t express myself well enough to sum up what a fool this guy must be (Daniele speaks pretty clearly in my opinion).

        Or perhaps he’s just unaware of the concept of accents, dialects and countries that don’t speak English as their first language.

        • Jin The Ninja

          accents are pretty arbitrary. although i’m not partial to some, and have a fondness for others, i  don`t find it difficult to understand many. i`m sure you`ll agree (being both non-american) that americans tend to have some very distinct  ways of speaking english that couldn`t exactly be considered standard… and just putting this out there i do a pretty mean singlish myself;)

          • JaceD

            There are some terrible accents out there, a few true shockers; the Australian accent comes to mind, not that I’m bias… I find it interesting how American dialects can sound so different from eachother, but still have that underlying sing-song sound. (Not fimiliar with “singlish” but is that American English? haha)

          • Jin The Ninja

            lol singlish is singaporean pidgeon english. youtube it, it’s pretty hilarious. i am very not partial to the OZ accent also. altho i do like the kiwi accent.

          • JaceD

            Wow singlish seems pretty complicated haha I spent a couple of years living in Melbourne and Brisbane, the accent drove me home haha (not really). NZ has some terrible dialects, but it depends on your sociocultural background.

            This is an old Australian ad, very funny though. Gotta love a bit of nation rivalry

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=773aoMo7hPE

    • The Wolf

       Vincent Vega is another mindless American cunt. Thanks for letting the world know.

      • deadsparrow

        “twat” is a Briticism and is not a word that Americans use.  What you mean is “Vincent Vega ia another mindless British cunt”.  Don’t bother to thank me for correcting you.

    • Andrew

      > Are you just arrogant?

      That’s an ironic criticism.

    • Mrtchops

      thanks for providing us with an example of and un-enlightened asshole

    • Mentalmarcus69

      from me and Daniele… your the twat… :) that is all for now

  • Alex

    For someone digging into the unknown portions of religion, he very easily glosses over the real dark side of Zen. The main Zen schools were heavily involved in Japanese militarism from 1865 – 1945. The regular massacres in Korea and China during those years were not only cheered on by the Soto, Rinzai and Obaku Zen institutions but also actively encouraged under the guise of proselytism. Japanese officers received training in Zen meditation which  helped them remain their calm while perpetrating atrocities. D.T. Suzuki preached peace and love while speaking in English yet defended atrocities against the Chinese population and Japanese superiority when speaking in Japanese to his countrymen.

    The curious should read the excellent book Zen at War by Brian Victoria, which permanently cured me from becoming a starry eyed Zen buddhist. Not that Zen techniques aren’t effective, but as an organised religion Zen is as morally bankrupt as the Catholic church is.

  • DITM

    I’m struggling to see what Bolelli’s qualifications are. I know he’s got a BA in anthropology, and has studied history and American studies, and then for some reason taught social science at university, and has published authoritative work on martial arts.

    So I’m really interested in this new book but don’t know how reliable it’s going to be….

  • Concerned Citizen

    I’m enjoying the new disinfocasts more and more. keep up the good work and I can’t wait to hear more!

    • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

      Thank you so much. 

  • bobby

    This guy is kind of an idiot. 

    • Jtaylor

      which guy? why? perhaps forming a complete thought before you post would not be a bad idea 

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